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5 Map Apps To Help You Travel Better

Every day, many of us use smartphone apps to map our drive to unfamiliar places or find a less-congested route to work. We also have a myth that most map apps perform their functions similarly, although some are better for certain kinds of transport, most people just find the one they like best and use that no matter how they’re getting around.

Here’s a look at what leading free map apps can do for you, whatever mode of transportation you choose.

Waze – get the best route, every day, with real-time help from other drivers

Imagine millions of drivers out on the roads, working together towards a common goal: to outsmart traffic and give everyone the best route to work and back every day. That’s the concept of Waze, one of the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation apps in which you can benefit from real-time traffic that are shared with many drivers.

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How does it work? The active community of Waze maps’ editors work to constantly improve and update Waze’s maps. Therefore, using the Waze app will help alert you before you approach police, accidents, road hazards or traffic jams instantly. By connecting to Facebook, Waze also lets you see other friends who are driving to your destination. The idea is to coordinate everyone’s arrival times when you pick up or meet up with friends.

If you’re in a traffic mecca such as Los Angeles, Waze is the app for you. Download it from Google Play, the AppStore or Windows Phone Store.

HERE– the maps app for Windows Phone

HERE Maps lets you download accurate, high-quality maps to your Windows Phone. It’s a complete mapping app, designed to work even without a data connection so you can rely on it when traveling or in the mountains. Not only find the quickest way around city with walking, driving, and public transit directions to the places you want to go, the app knows speed limits for various roads and will beep when you go over, even by a small amount.

HERE Maps is the perfect companion for your smartphone and the best way to plan ahead. To download and install, please click here!

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Google Maps – What it can do for you?

Google Maps gives you the choice to input what mode of transportation you plan to take on your route. It offers street maps, a route planner for travelling by foot, car, bike or public transportation, and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world. Besides the mobile app, if you look up a destination on Google Maps on a Mac or Windows computer, the place is already there, as long as you’ve signed in to your Google Account. It’s more automated than Apple’s approach.

Apple Maps – the user-friendly map app for walkers

As you walk, the distance displayed decreases, but the map itself doesn’t change. That may confuse you at first, but then you will come to appreciate it. Other apps tend to constantly refresh depending on where you are and how you’re holding the phone, which can be headache-inducing as you move your hand or arms. With Apple maps, the direction you should be heading toward is on top, and the streets are fixed on right angles.

If you use Apple maps, you can research places and directions on the Mac’s maps app and hit a share button to send the destination to your iPhone or iPad. From the mobile device, you simply tap on that location to get voice-guided directions.

Night mode: the new full-screen Apple maps will now leverage the device’s light sensor to automatically switch the Retina screen’s display to night mode and give your actual retinas a break.

Switch to other Navigation App: the new maps will open searched with directions in other apps, such as Google Maps. It will also provide App Store links to relevant transportation apps that aren’t installed yet.

Tour cities without touching anything: Apple itself offers a “flyover” function for certain world cities. Now, beta testers have discovered as-yet inactivated code that indicates Apple will be expanding 3-D city views with a “Flyover City Tour” that zooms in and out of specific, and fully rendered landmarks without any user input.

No Data Connection?

No matter where you are, and what your next trip is going to be, NaviComputer helps to keep you on the right track. It’s a GPS map and tracking app that’s optimized for hikers, bikers and all kind of outdoor sports or adventures using variants of open street maps.

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NaviComputer works fine as a standalone app and can download offline maps to your Windows Phone. However, a mobile phone is not always the perfect device for downloading, storing and managing large amounts of data such as a huge collection of maps. This is where the PC application NaviComputer comes into play. NaviComputer is great, but both tools bundled together make it an outstanding solution.

For those users who are using Android and iOS, CoPilot GPS will be the great free offline map choice with optional traffic data and turn-by-turn navigation. It stores all those millions of points of interest offline, so you don’t need an Internet connection to calculate directions. Download the free version and you’ll also get some requisite social networking integration, walking and driving directions, the ability to choose from up to three routes and built-in Bing and Wikipedia search functionality. The app also matches Google Maps with voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and 3D maps, but you have to shell out $19.99 as a one-time in-app payment for that privilege. Real-time traffic updates are also an option, but that’ll cost you an additional $9.99 for a 12-month subscription.

Now travel is much easier with the latest technologies. Share your comments with us.

 

 

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